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2020 Chamber Music

Patrick Galvin and Jung-eun Kim in concert: Beethoven2020 Project

Date: Saturday February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Patrick Galvin is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Camilla Wicks and Wei He.  Patrick also spent two years studying violin with Barbara Gorzynska at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria. Patrick made his solo debut at age 11 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. He was winner of the East Bay Young Artist Competition in 2000, the Yehudi Menuhin/Helen Dowling award in 2002 and the Kensington Young Artist Competition in 2003. In April 2004 he was the soloist with the Kensington Symphony playing the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No 5. He has also performed at the Junior Bach Festival. In 2013 and 2015, Patrick competed in the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.

Born in Changwon, Korea, Jung-eun Kim studied at the Busan High School of Arts and Konkuk University under Hyeyoung Moon, Jaemi Kim, and Jihyun Lee. She made her debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003.

Ms. Kim participated in master classes with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff from the University of Cincinnati, Edward Auer from Indiana University, Lei Weng from the University of Northern Colorado, and Jonghwa Park from Seoul National University. She received first prize in the Eumaksekye Piano Competition and the Gyeongnam Education Music Competition, second prize in the Ceramic Palace Hall Concours and the Music Education News Concours, and third prize in the Beethoven Concours. She also performed with the Konkuk Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the choir at Konkuk University. Also, she participated in the 2015 Distinguished Performers Debut Concert sponsored by The Music Journal. She also attended the Eumyeon Summer Music Festival. She is currently pursuing her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Yoshikazu Nagai. She also accompanies pre-college students and the choir at the music school.

Patrick Galvin and Jung-eun Kim in concert : Beethoven2020 Project

Date: Saturday February 29, 7:30 p.m.

Patrick Galvin is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Camilla Wicks and Wei He.  Patrick also spent two years studying violin with Barbara Gorzynska at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria. Patrick made his solo debut at age 11 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. He was winner of the East Bay Young Artist Competition in 2000, the Yehudi Menuhin/Helen Dowling award in 2002 and the Kensington Young Artist Competition in 2003. In April 2004 he was the soloist with the Kensington Symphony playing the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No 5. He has also performed at the Junior Bach Festival. In 2013 and 2015, Patrick competed in the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.

Born in Changwon, Korea, Jung-eun Kim studied at the Busan High School of Arts and Konkuk University under Hyeyoung Moon, Jaemi Kim, and Jihyun Lee. She made her debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003.

Ms. Kim participated in master classes with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff from the University of Cincinnati, Edward Auer from Indiana University, Lei Weng from the University of Northern Colorado, and Jonghwa Park from Seoul National University. She received first prize in the Eumaksekye Piano Competition and the Gyeongnam Education Music Competition, second prize in the Ceramic Palace Hall Concours and the Music Education News Concours, and third prize in the Beethoven Concours. She also performed with the Konkuk Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the choir at Konkuk University. Also, she participated in the 2015 Distinguished Performers Debut Concert sponsored by The Music Journal. She also attended the Eumyeon Summer Music Festival. She is currently pursuing her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Yoshikazu Nagai. She also accompanies pre-college students and the choir at the music school.

Oliver Brett (organ) and Dan Hivley (horn): Beethoven2020 Project

Date: Friday March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Born in Kent in the UK in 1985, Oliver Brett was educated as a music and academic scholar at Tonbridge School and then as organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge from where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in music. Since then, he has held positions at Westminster Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He is currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, studying the organ with Prof David Higgs. He also serves as Director of Music at St Anne’s RC Church and plays the organ for Christ Church’s Schola Cantorum. He is in demand as a choral accompanist and continuo player, regularly collaborating with many of Eastman’s choral ensembles.

As a recitalist, Oliver has performed across five continents. Whilst organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, he was heard by millions worldwide when he played for the 2006 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. He has performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Royal Albert Hall, London; the Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; the Istanbul International Music Festival; concerts in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. He has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Armonico Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music. In October 2017, Oliver was awarded second prize and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition.

Dan Hively is a horn player based out of New York. Focusing mainly on solo and orchestral repertoire, his performance career has taken him all over North America and Europe. Orchestrally, he has performed in some of America’s greatest concert halls, including Alice Tully Hall with internationally renowned soprano, Renee Flemming, and Carnegie Hall. He has attended several summer music festivals as a festival artist, including the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Banff Music Festival, Aurora Chamber Festival, and Orford Arts Academy. Dan earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Music while studying with Daniel Grabois, where he gained experience playing with professional orchestras such as the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Dan recently made his contemporary music debut playing with the award-winning group, Ensemble Signal. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with his loved ones. Dan is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where he earned his Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature under the tutelage of W. Peter Kurau.

Duo Art

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Date: Friday April 3, 7:30 p.m.

DuoArt is an ensemble formed by two musicians – Sasha Burdin and Leonid Iogansen.

Sasha Burdin is a concert and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and music educator. He performed concert programs in Russia, Europe, and the US. He received MM from Bowling Green State University and Maymonid Moscow State Classical Academy, and DMA from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Uriel Tsachor. In the summer of 2014 Sasha Burdin has served as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. At the festival he performed solo, chamber, and orchestra pieces and worked under the baton of conductors Charles Dotuit and Andris Nelsons. In 2015 -2016 season Sasha Burdin participated in Johnson County Landmark jazz band as a principal pianist. The concert schedule included performances with notable guest artists Carmen Bradford former singer at Count Basie’s Jazz Band and a saxophonist Melvin Butler, a member of Brian Blade Fellowship band. Inspired and influenced by jazz music in the summer of 2016, Sasha Burdin has formed The Sasha Burdin Quartet – a jazz group, focusing on his original compositions and pieces from standard jazz repertoire, written by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and others.

Born in Russia, Leonid Iogansen started his violin studies at 7. He has premiered many new chamber and solo works, including his own Violin Concerto. He has won several competitions, such as the Young Virtuosos International Competition in 1999, which resulted in his performance in Carnegie Hall the same year. As a composer, Leonid has written many solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces, much of which were performed by notable ensembles, such as JACK Quartet. In the Summer of 2006, Shuang Yin International Music Festival commissioned Leonid for a number of humorous pieces for various chamber ensembles. The performances were broadcast on Taiwan’s National Television. Leonid is also a visual artist and has won many competitions, including Gold Key Award for at the Boston Globe competition in 1997.

Circadian String Quartet

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Date: Saturday April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Bay Area based Circadian String Quartet was founded in 2013 to promote the classical and contemporary string quartet repertoire, in particular music of cultural and folkloric significance. Since then, the group has been featured through Mt. Shasta’s Music By the Mountain, Sunset Music | Arts Chamber Music Series in San Francisco, and the Merced Symphony Association. In 2014, the CSQ were invited to collaborate with the St. Petersburg-based Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet during their North American tour. They have also given U.S. premieres of pieces by world-renowned British composer Ian Venables in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Sally Munro of the San Francisco Opera and Natalie Parker, Principal Clarinetist of the San Francisco Ballet.

Duo Art

DuoArt

Date: Saturday May 2, 7:30 p.m.

DuoArt is an ensemble formed by two musicians – Sasha Burdin and Leonid Iogansen.

Sasha Burdin is a concert and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and music educator. He performed concert programs in Russia, Europe, and the US. He received MM from Bowling Green State University and Maymonid Moscow State Classical Academy, and DMA from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Uriel Tsachor. In the summer of 2014 Sasha Burdin has served as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. At the festival he performed solo, chamber, and orchestra pieces and worked under the baton of conductors Charles Dotuit and Andris Nelsons. In 2015 -2016 season Sasha Burdin participated in Johnson County Landmark jazz band as a principal pianist. The concert schedule included performances with notable guest artists Carmen Bradford former singer at Count Basie’s Jazz Band and a saxophonist Melvin Butler, a member of Brian Blade Fellowship band. Inspired and influenced by jazz music in the summer of 2016, Sasha Burdin has formed The Sasha Burdin Quartet – a jazz group, focusing on his original compositions and pieces from standard jazz repertoire, written by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and others.

Born in Russia, Leonid Iogansen started his violin studies at 7. He has premiered many new chamber and solo works, including his own Violin Concerto. He has won several competitions, such as the Young Virtuosos International Competition in 1999, which resulted in his performance in Carnegie Hall the same year. As a composer, Leonid has written many solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces, much of which were performed by notable ensembles, such as JACK Quartet. In the Summer of 2006, Shuang Yin International Music Festival commissioned Leonid for a number of humorous pieces for various chamber ensembles. The performances were broadcast on Taiwan’s National Television. Leonid is also a visual artist and has won many competitions, including Gold Key Award for at the Boston Globe competition in 1997.

Trio 180

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Date: Sunday May 3, 7 p.m.

Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, is dedicated to its roles as performer, proponent of new music, and educator. In addition to giving concerts and master classes throughout the United States, the trio has been featured on concert series in Mexico and Canada. This talented ensemble includes celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, renowned cellist Vicky Wang, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong.

Trio 180 performs a wide range of music from the Classical era to the present and is an active advocate of new music. The trio was awarded a Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano trio, Tibetan Tunes (Theodore Presser). Continuing its tradition of commissioning new works, the trio premiered composer Robert Greenberg’s 180 Shift in 2013 and Reinaldo Moya’s Gothic Sea in 2011 in honor of Trio 180’s tenth anniversary. The trio has premiered works by Allan Crossman (Icarus), Jorge Liderman (Suite del Sur; Sidewalk recorded on Albany Records), Derek Jacoby (Trio No. 2), Francois Rose (Gently, Wild Rose Petals) and Cindy Cox (Wave, recorded in summer, 2010 and winter of 2014).

Trio Teneramente: Beethoven2020 Project

Date: Saturday May 16, 7:30 p.m.

KISHAN CHOUHAN
Multi-instrumentalist, conductor, music director and music educator Kishan Chouhan received his B.Mus. in Clarinet Performance from the University of Toronto, and his MA in Music with research in multiple woodwind performance from York University. Notable and accomplished teachers he has studied with include: clarinet with Miles Jaques, David Bourque, Steve Pierre and Peter Stoll, flute with Peg Albrecht, Nina Martini-Dorey and Sara Hahn, oboe with Wendy Bornstein, Monica Fosnaugh and David Sussman.

JELENA CINGARA
Jelena Cingara is an active performer and artist in US, Canada, and European countries such as Italy, and Czhech Republic. She has performed in concert venues such as: Libby Gardner, Dumke, Abravanel hall, and Kenley amphitheatre in Utah, as well as Arts and Letters Club, Walter Hall, and Ettore Mazzoleni Halls in Toronto. She has played in masterclasses for Nicholas Angelich (Virginia Classics), Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Joel Hastings (Florida State University), and Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music) just to name a few. As a collaborative and chamber musician she has played recitals in Italy, Serbia, US and Canada, and for masterclasses for famous quartets such as: The Bennewitz, Faure, Doric as well as Philip Seltzer from the Emerson Quartet.

STUART MUTCH
Stuart Mutch began cello studies in Calgary at the age of 13 with John Kadz. He received additional training in the Calgary Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the AFM Congress of Strings at the University of Washington. He has been a member of the Calgary Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the North York Concert Orchestra and continued his studies in Toronto with David Miller and Winona Zelenka. He was a member of the Sunrise String Quartet for 14 years and has had extensive chamber music experience in a variety of ensembles. Mr. Mutch is a lawyer and mediator and is presently is an adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Divisa Ensemble

Date: Saturday May 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Divisa Ensemble is recognized for its engaging performances and eclectic programming. The ensemble’s unconventional instrumentation (flute, oboe, violin, viola, and cello) and “mix-and-match” approach allow for a wide variety of repertoire comprising all traditional and contemporary styles. Since its premiere concert in 2009, the Divisa Ensemble has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

On every program the Divisa Ensemble showcases its diverse repertoire of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary genres in a variety of wind and string ensemble combinations. The Divisa Ensemble has given formal concert appearances at venues including the Del Valle Fine Arts Series, St. Bede’s Performing Arts Series, Manteca Kindred Arts Series, Old First Concerts, Trinity Chamber Concerts, and UC Berkeley Noon Concert Series. They have appeared as featured artists of the Vallejo Symphony and the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Composers. The Divisa Ensemble has been the Ensemble-in-Residence of the acclaimed Golden State Youth Orchestra (formerly El Camino Youth Symphony) since 2010. Student chamber groups are mentored through masterclasses and weekly coachings led by the Divisa Ensemble in the Divisa Honors Program. Each year, the program selects exemplary student groups to perform in a concert with the Divisa Ensemble.

Daniel Lewin (violin) and Dmitriy Cogan (piano): Beethoven2020 Project

Daniel Lewin, violin

Date: Saturday June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Lewin has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has had an unusually diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. Mr. Lewin began his musical training at the age of six, studying piano with Edmund Arkus and violin with Benno Rabinof. For three years he studied with Giorgio Ciompi at Duke University before receiving his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Joseph Fuchs. He made his European recital debut at the Festival de Boulogne-sur-Gesse in Southern France. Daniel Lewin has held the position of Concertmaster with the Symphony of the United Nations, Solisti New York, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Charleston Symphony, Nevada Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the New York Youth Symphony. He has also played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Spoleto Festival in both Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto Italy and toured Greece as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed at the festivals of Cabrillo (California), Casals (Puerto Rico), Grand Tetons (Wyoming), Lancaster (Ohio), Chautauqua (N.Y.), Skaneateles (N.Y.), Bear Lake (Idaho), and Deer Valley (Utah). Daniel Lewin was Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and in addition to teaching both undergraduates and graduate music students, he also served as the Concertmaster of the Nevada Symphony and was a founding member of the Nevada Fine Arts Trio. He also spent a season as Visiting Artist in Residence of Violin at the University of Memphis where he was also a member of the Pyramid String Trio. Mr. Lewin was also the Concertmaster of the West Virgina Symphony and first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet. His teaching credentials also include the College of Charleston, S.C., and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Lewin currently resides in the East Bay, where he teaches privately, performs in various chamber ensembles, and is the Director of the Trinity Chamber Concert Series.

Dmitriy Cogan began music studies at the age of six at the Central Music School before moving to the U.S. and settling in San Francisco in 1974. He studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued piano studies with Vladimir Pleshakov and Maria Cysic. In 1979, he moved to New York to study with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School, where he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Mr. Cogan has performed publicly since age nine in Moscow. His American debut was in 1975 with the Peninsula Symphony in San Mateo, California. In 1981-1983, he was a prizewinner in competitions in New York, Cincinnati and Cleveland. In 1988, Mr. Cogan gave his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall to favorable reviews and has since appeared in recitals throughout the Northeast and California.

Ensemble 1828

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Date: Friday June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Nicole Oswald recently received an Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, studying under renowned concert violinist and pedagogue Charles Castleman as a graduate teaching assistant and Henry Mancini Institute fellow.  Prior to attending Frost, Nicole studied violin at the Utrechts Conservatory, Netherlands and the Eastman School of Music.

Alison Lee recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Lydia Artymiw. She received her MM degree from Rice University under Jon Kimura Parker, and BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory under Angela Cheng.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Portland Opera and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic.

William Beatty and Brooke Aird in concert

William Beatty

Date: Saturday July 18, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist and composer William Beatty is a native of Berkeley, California where he currently resides. He began to play piano at eight years, learning from his father and older brother, and composed his first original pieces soon after. He studied theory and improvisation with Bill Bell, Don Haas, and Dick Whittington, and classical piano with concert pianist Jeanne Stark. Beatty enjoys teaching classical, jazz, and popular styles of piano to all ages, and he performs both as a solo pianist and in jazz ensembles and chamber music groups.

Brooke Aird, violinist, attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied violin with Raphael Bronstein. His other teachers have included Catherine Van Hoesen and Felix Khuner. Currently a member of the Marin Symphony, Brooke has played with many local musical organizations including the SF Opera, SF Ballet, and the Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, and Santa Rosa Symphonies. For fifteen years he was a member of the new music group Sounds New, which performed music by living American composers. Along with his wife, Cathy Allen Aird, he runs a small catering company called “For The Love Of Food”.

Zēlos Quartet

Date: Saturday August 1, 7:30 p.m.

Julian Salazar, Soprano
Johnny Selmer, Alto
Robin Lacey, Tenor
David Cortez, Baritone

The Zēlos Quartet is dedicated to performing a wide array of repertoire ranging from underrepresented contemporary works to transcriptions from the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. Committed to performing on saxophones that fit the acoustical specifications of its inventor Adolphe Sax, the Zelos Quartet looks to connect with a variety of audiences to show the wide range of sounds and colors of the saxophone.

Zēlos has participated in summer music festivals such as Festival South (Hattiesburg, MS) and the National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD), where they connected with local audiences through public performances in retirement homes, farmers markets, and house concerts. They have also been extensively coached by Dr. Michael Hernandez of the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet and participated in masterclasses by the award winning Verona String Quartet and Amethyst Quartet.

Ensemble ARI: Beethoven2020 Project

Date: Saturday September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Ari” is a Korean word with multiple meanings: big river, wisdom and beauty. Ensemble Ari is a group of musicians in the Bay Area who share this quality with the community. The ensemble gave its debut concert in October 2014 as a Korean War Memorial Concert and has been given concerts at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Old First Concert Series, Maybeck House, OSLC Concert Series among others. Sound recordings can be found at https://www.facebook.com/EnsembleAri

Native of South Korea, Heeguen Song is the assistant concert master of the SF Ballet. She has held positions at Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Symphony and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Song performs regularly in South Korea and throughout the Bay Area in venues such as Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Arts Center, Old First Concerts, Herbst Theater, Bing Concert Hall, and many more. She is an active chamber musician and is a member of Beaubliss Quartet and Ensemble Ari. She has performed at Yale Chamber Music Society, Yellowbarn Music Festival, Taos Music Festival, and Banff Chamber Music Residency. Heeguen was invited to play at Osaka City Hall, Daejeon Chamber Music Festival, Beethoven institute at New School and City University of NY. Additionally Heeguen gave a solo debut recital at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and had solo appearances with many orchestras such as SF Ballet Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, and Camerata Academica de Merida. She was a prize winner at the Henryk Szeryng International Competition, Irving M Klein Competition, and Kingsville International Competition among others. Heeguen studied at Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Yale School of music and Rutgers University under the direction of Almita Vamos, Masao Kawasaki, Peter Oundjian, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Violinist Jiwon Evelyn Kwark holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, a master’s from Yale School of Music, and Professional Studies from Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program. Her primary teachers were Glenn Dicterow, Ani Kavafian, Masao Kawasaki, and Alexander Treger. Since making her solo debut with the Amabile Orchestra in Korea at the age of 9, Ms. Kwark has performed with numerous orchestras in the U.S. and Korea. She has toured Canada with the Young Orchestra of Americas as the associate concertmistress and toured the cities of Germany with the Penderecki Musik Academie Orchestra as the concertmistress and soloist of the orchestra under the baton of renowned composer, Maestro Penderecki. Ms. Kwark performs regularly as the Associate Principal Second Violinist of the Marin Symphony and violinist of Symphony Silicon Valley. She has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and New Century Chamber Orchestra. (www.jiwonevelynkwark.com)

Acclaimed by music critics as “free, warm and a very expressive” performer, cellist, Sarah Hong was born in Seoul Korea. She began studying cello at the age of six and was selected as most promising young cellist in the nation at the age of 16, her performance broadcasted nationwide by KBS. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall as a winner of Artists International. Ms. Hong studied at the Juilliard School with Zara Nelsova and Joel Krosnick while receiving both of the BM and MM degrees. She finished her artist certificate in chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the direction of Bonnie Hampton. Ms. Hong lives in Los Altos where she balances a busy career as a soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. Currently, she is a cellist of Le Due Muse with a pianist Makiko Ooka, Ensemble Ari, and San Francisco Cello Quartet. She teaches string orchestra at the King’s Academy and cello sections at CYS and KAMSA youth orchestras. She has started the ‘Phos (φῶς)’ Benefit Concert Series to help support various non-profit organizations serving children all over the world in 2014. (www.cellistsarahhong.com)

Native to the Bay Area, pianist Sharon Lee Kim actively performs as solo and chamber pianist, vocal coach, music director, choral and vocal accompanist, and is a highly demanded piano instructor. She is a frequent recitalist, collaborating with the top instrumentalists and opera singers in the world. Ms. Kim joined the Saint Mary’s College Music Faculty in 2008. As Adjunct Associate Professor her roles include: Asst. Director/Accompanist of the choral program, Lecturer in piano, chamber music, and music history, and Director of the Faculty Concert Series. Aside from her roles at the college, Sharon is the pianist of Ensemble Ari, the co-founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with flutist Laura Scarlata, a collegiate staff pianist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, freelances as a solo, vocal, and chamber pianist, and maintains a thriving private studio teaching piano and vocal coaching singers. Sharon is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and adjudicator for local competitions. Sharon holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA) and New England Conservatory (MM and GD). Her primary teachers were Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, John Greer, Barbara Shearer, and Margret Elson. (www.sharonleekim.com)

Director/Conductor Jean Ahn finished her B.A. and M.M. at Seoul National University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Her music was featured at Aspen Music Festival, IAWM Beijing, American Composers Orchestra’s Earshot, SEAMUS, NY Electronic Music Festival, Spark Festival among others. Commissions include works for the Leftcoast Chamber Ensemble, Volti, Duo Camaraderie, Gayaguem Soloist JUL, Locrian Chamber Players, and Pianissimo among others. She is the composer-in-residence for SF Choral Artist and adjunct Lecturer at UC Berkeley. She also recently joined hum-on.com, AI music company. (www.jeanahn.com).

Janis Mercer, piano, Daniel Lewin, violin and Friends


Date: October 17, 7:30 p.m.

Janis Mercer is an American pianist/composer living in San Francisco.  As a solo pianist and accompanist, Janis Mercer’s interest in the music of the Second Viennese School has continued unabated since the early 1980’s.  With her ensemble, schwungvoll!, she received funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund for a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Webern’s death in 1995.   In 2005 she commemorated the 60th anniversary of his death with the commissioning of student and professional composers to write music “completing” Webern’s unfinished children’s piano cycle. These pieces were performed as part of concerts commissioning Webern’s death, in San Francisco and Spokane, Washington.  She was invited to compose a chamber work and to attend the 2005 kofomi (KompositionForumMittersill) commemorative concerts staged throughout the town of Mittersill, Austria, where Webern was killed. 

Daniel Lewin has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  He has an unusually diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. He was Concertmaster with the Symphony of the United Nations, Solisti New York, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Charleston Symphony, Nevada Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony.  He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the New York Youth Symphony.  He has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Spoleto Festival, in both Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto Italy, and toured Greece as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lewin was Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught both undergraduates and graduate music students. He served as the Concertmaster of the Nevada Symphony and was a founding member of the Nevada Fine Arts Trio.  He spent a season as Visiting Artist in Residence of Violin at the University of Memphis where he was a member of the Pyramid String Trio. Mr. Lewin was also the Concertmaster of the West Virgina Symphony and first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet.  His teaching credentials include the College of Charleston, S.C., and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C.  Mr. Lewin currently resides in the East Bay, where he teaches privately, performs in various chamber ensembles, and is the Director of the Trinity Chamber Concert Series.

Frank Huang, piano and Lin He, violin in concert: Beethoven2020 Project

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Date: Saturday October 24, 7:30 p.m.

Frank Huang is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Described by New York Concert Review as a “thoughtful and accomplished performer” and that his playing was “impressive for its maturity and refinement,” Mr. Huang has gained international recognition for his artistry and technical command. Others have also acknowledged his talents, as the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Northwest Chapter has commented that “Huang plays with authority and panache” while El Comerico of Lima, Peru praised his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.482 “with the utmost sensitivity.” Mr. Huang’s performances have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Such notable venues include Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall (Seattle), US Embassy in Warsaw, Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Holland Music Sessions, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Dame Myra Recital Series at Chicago’s Cultural Center, Lincoln Center in New York, and St. Martin in the Fields, London, UK. Mr. Huang’s concerts have also been featured on radio and television broadcasts in various cities across the United States and abroad.

Violinist Lin He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra in orchestral setting. Over the past seasons, he performed the Korngold Concerto with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Shippensburg Symphony and the Sibelius Concerto with the Lake Charles Symphony. Inspired by the complete Beethoven Sonatas and complete Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano in the past two season, 2018-2019 season of concerts will include Schubert Complete Music for Violin and Piano and complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano in multiple venues including the PianoForte Foundation Concert Series in Chicago; chamber recitals as the violinist of Caladium Piano Trio; violin soloist of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Sonoma Philharmonic Orchestra; solo recital and masterclass at University of Oklahoma and Northern Illinois University; series of concerts and masterclasses in mainland China and Taiwan. He has presented recitals at universities across the United States and China. Most recently, he shared stage with Shanghai String Quartet and violinist Charles Castleman; performed solo recitals and gave master classes at Arizona State University, Florida State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Houston, University of Las Vegas, University of North Texas and University Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

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